New study supports tracking symptoms of healthcare workers to limit COVID-19 spread

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Tuesday, June 30th, 2020
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The research study discovered 9 of 509 health care employees with preliminary negative COVID-19 tests had sign development and favorable re-tests.

Based on the research study, 83 (14 percent) of the healthcare employees initially evaluated favorable, while 59 of 61 healthcare workers who were asymptomatic or reported only sore throat/nasal blockage had unfavorable tests.

Healthcare employees were more most likely to have negative tests if they were asymptomatic or had actually isolated sore throat/nasal blockage, according to researchers.

Researchers stated the more signs healthcare workers reported, the most likely they were to have positive tests. Health care employees reporting fever and body temperature of at least 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit and those with muscle discomfort were likewise most likely to evaluate positive, according to the research study. Healthcare employees with positive COVID-19 tests reported loss of taste/smell less regularly than other signs, but loss of taste/smell was still connected with a higher possibility of a favorable test.

Researchers ultimately concluded that the research study supports self-monitoring for symptom progression, consisting of body temperature level monitoring.

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” As we continue to fight the spread of COVID-19 across the country, its vital we understand its symptoms to assist establish the best diagnostic and screening methods,” study senior author Stefanos Kales, MD, division chief of occupational and environmental medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance and a professor at both Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said in a news release. “Our outcomes support staying at home when ill and universal temperature-monitoring on entry to offices of any kind to limit the spread of the coronavirus.”

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Researchers at Cambridge (Mass.) Health Alliance, a Harvard-affiliated neighborhood health system, and the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston analyzed symptoms most predictive of a COVID-19 diagnosis among health care employees. The retrospective study analyzed 592 health care workers evaluated for COVID-19 March 9 through April 15. Employees underwent COVID-19 telephonic sign screening in addition to nasal testing for the coronavirus. Those who at first checked unfavorable however had progressive symptoms were re-tested.

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The retrospective study analyzed 592 health care employees tested for COVID-19 March 9 through April 15. Scientist stated the more signs healthcare workers reported, the more likely they were to have positive tests. Health care workers reporting fever and body temperature of at least 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit and those with muscle discomfort were likewise more most likely to test positive, according to the research study. Health care employees with favorable COVID-19 tests reported loss of taste/smell less often than other signs, but loss of taste/smell was still associated with a higher possibility of a positive test.